Hebrews 3:12-13 “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
Every person needs someone to watch over him or her. No matter how old or strong or wise or grounded in the faith a person seems to be, there is always the risk of temptation’s gaining a foothold. This is the way it will always be while we live on this sinful earth, and this is why the writer to the Hebrews tells his readers to watch out for one other.
Recently I read the book Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hill. Mr. Hill was one of the secret service agents assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy during her stay in the White House as first lady. Along with learning about the fascinating life of one of the world’s leading ladies, I was extremely amazed at the precautions taken to protect her and her children from those who might want to injure her and even the press who sought to invade her privacy. Over time Mr. Hill came to know and understand the first lady’s temperament and desires. He spent hours upon hours in her presence always keeping an eye open for any trouble that might be lurking around the corner.
While I think it would get pretty old and restrictive to be constantly guarded by a secret service agent, it is important for us as children of God to be watchful of one another. Accountability is of utmost importance when it comes to preserving our faith and integrity when it comes to living God’s way. We have an enemy who constantly seeks to destroy us through deceit and doubt. By isolating us from other believers he has a better chance of being successful.
When we meet together on a regular basis and look out for one another we are able to intercept trouble before it has time to do damage. Through prayer, encouragement, and gentle words of affirmation or correction we can strengthen and empower one another to remain firm in faith and to resist the wiles of the devil. We can walk with each other through adversity and provide a helping hand and strong shoulder to lean on when life gets hard.
Mr. Clint Hill of the United States Secret Service remained with Mrs. Kennedy until the end of her time as first lady and even a year beyond. His watchful eye and careful preparations protected her during all hours of the day and night. He was there with her the day President Kennedy was shot and immediately jumped on board the vehicle to help her when she faced the worst day of her life.
How much more should we as fellow Christians keep a watchful eye on each other? Our enemy is real and seeking to kill and destroy our faith. We are all subject to his deceitful tactics. So keep your eyes open for anyone who might be falling away. Encourage each other and cheer one another on. We are in the secret service of the King of Kings, and somebody’s life might just depend on us.